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Desktop Debate, Round 7,513...

Dec 12, 2007, 22:45 (4 Talkback[s])

NetworkWorld: Linux Won't Take The Desktop Away From Microsoft Anytime Soon

"I'm always amused when advocates for a certain technology proclaim a dominate player like Microsoft is soon to be replaced. Steven Vaughan-Nichols made such a proclamation about Linux taking over low cost PCs on www.linuxdesktop.com.

"First, you should know that I've designed and built many more products on Linux that I have on Microsoft's OS over the past several years..."

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Greg Laden's Blog: Prediction: Linux will Eat Microsoft on Most Desktops

"The previously entrenched pattern was to spec-out 1-2 thousand dollar desktops and run Windows on them. So let's say you need 100 computers, each will coast 1,500, and you are going to put Windows Vista, Microsoft Office, and a few other applications on it. No, wait, you will need a 2,000 computer to do that. Let's assume the software costs a total of $1,000. So we are up to about $3,000 per desktop, give or take. What did we need? A hundred of these? That would be about more than $200,000 conservatively estimated..."

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